How to Child Proof Your Home

Is your child about to start crawling? Or do you have a child that is almost walking? Or maybe your child is already walking and is getting into more things than you can keep up with. If the answer is yes to any of these, here are some tips on how to child-proof your home.
If your baby is just beginning to crawl, your job is still pretty easy. Make sure that there are no objects on the floor that they can put in their mouth and choke. I haven’t come across a baby yet that doesn’t go for their mouth when they get something in their hands. Another  thing to do at this stage is to put plugs in all of the exposed outlets. You would be surprised  what will fit in those little holes. Also, if you have a fireplace, buy a fireplace screen to put in front of it so your child isn’t tempted to get close. But your job won’t stay easy for long. Once babies learn to crawl, it doesn’t take long before they look like they are running on their hands and knees.
Once your baby has mastered crawling, child proofing your home gets a little more detailed. By this time they are usually pulling up to things. One way to figure out what they can get into is by crawling around on your hands and knees and reaching one arm up as you go around the house. No, they won’t be able to reach up as high as you, but it will give you an idea about how high to put the breakables. If you have stairs, put a baby gate at the bottom so they can’t crawl up. They make baby gates that will attach to the wall if you need to keep a baby from going down the stairs, but even with these you really need to keep a close eye on the child. Keep toilet lids down and bathroom doors shut. Kids seem to think that everything can float. Also, you might want to consider attaching anything that could tip over, ex. a bookcase, to the wall. And still, make sure to objects that are easy to swallow out of reach.
Now that your child is a toddler, and running everywhere, you will need to walk around your house on your knees with one arm. Anything that is breakable or that could be harmful if swallowed needs to be put out of your reach when you are on your knees. If your child is like mine, they will try to get into cabinets and drawers in the kitchen. You can install latches on both cabinets and drawers . You can even put a latch on the fridge.
I’m sure there are quite a few other ways to child-proof your home that I didn’t cover, but this is a pretty good start. Most everything that you will need to do all that you need to do will be at your local baby store, like Babies-R-Us.

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